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Remus October 22nd, 2008 14:27

Sound stuttering & slow down problem
 
Don't now why, during prolouge chapter the Witcher EE play fine. But half way through chapter one, the game starting encountering the sound stuttering and game paly slow down problem (during combat only). I update the video driver and disable sound in game but to no effect. Any idea?

Prime Junta October 22nd, 2008 14:51

Sounds like it's either memory-related or CPU-bottleneck-related. Try turning down texture resolution a notch. I did that when the going got stuttery in Vizima Trade Quarter, and it solved the problem (I could keep max settings everywhere else).

If that didn't work, switch off character shadows — those are CPU-rendered, and the fact that it only happens during combat suggests that this could be the problem.

Remus October 22nd, 2008 16:58

But i never have that kind of stuttering and slow down with previous version (non EE).

Prime Junta October 22nd, 2008 17:34

Never hurts to try.

Remus October 23rd, 2008 13:41

I can't be sure when but about few days ago i changed my X-Fi audio from game mode to entertainment mode. Now after changed it back, no stuttering and slow down during combat anymore.

Woot!, Geralt now is fast and smooth cutting through every swamp monsters he met…

JDR13 March 16th, 2009 01:37

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Originally Posted by Remus (Post 100569)
I can't be sure when but about few days ago i changed my X-Fi audio from game mode to entertainment mode. Now after changed it back, no stuttering and slow down during combat anymore.

Woot!, Geralt now is fast and smooth cutting through every swamp monsters he met…


Maybe I need to fiddle with my audio options, I also have a X-Fi Soundblaster card.

This game is running terrible in the Swamp level for some reason. It runs great in all the other sections of the game that I've been to so far.

Prime Junta March 16th, 2009 09:57

Do that, the swamp area should be less demanding on hardware than e.g. the Merchant Quarter (that was the only place where I had visible slowdowns).

JDR13 March 16th, 2009 18:50

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Originally Posted by Prime Junta (Post 1060938789)
Do that, the swamp area should be less demanding on hardware than e.g. the Merchant Quarter (that was the only place where I had visible slowdowns).


Funny thing, I just discovered that I had never checked "EAX" in the audio options to begin with, so all this time I had actually been playing without it. Enabling it brought a distinct improvement in sound quality, as well as a boost in framerate.

Dasale March 23rd, 2009 13:57

To bored to search so I try my luck, what you need to be able activate EAX in games?

JDR13 March 24th, 2009 04:11

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Originally Posted by Dasale (Post 1060939954)
To bored to search so I try my luck, what you need to be able activate EAX in games?


The Sound Blaster series of sound cards by Creative Labs. I think some other name brands also support EAX to a lesser degree.

Thaurin January 22nd, 2010 18:23

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Originally Posted by JDR13 (Post 1060940189)
The Sound Blaster series of sound cards by Creative Labs. I think some other name brands also support EAX to a lesser degree.

Old thread, I know and apologize. But I want to ask: so, EAX and a Sound Blaster card improves performance in games? I've only had on-board sound for the last two PC's I've had. This might be interesting when I decide to build a new one. This one is 5 years old.

Oh, and I got to this thread by searching for sound stuttering. I have stuttering and disappearing sound in The Witcher during cut-scenes. Anyone have a solution to that? :P

Sorry for digging this up.

bkrueger January 22nd, 2010 18:31

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Originally Posted by Thaurin (Post 1060994066)
Old thread, I know and apologize. But I want to ask: so, EAX and a Sound Blaster card improves performance in games? I've only had on-board sound for the last two PC's I've had. This might be interesting when I decide to build a new one. This one is 5 years old.

Oh, and I got to this thread by searching for sound stuttering. I have stuttering and disappearing sound in The Witcher during cut-scenes. Anyone have a solution to that? :P

Sorry for digging this up.

Onboard sound chips can cause all kinds of problems in many games, even without taking EAX into account. Sometimes it helps to use alternate sound sources/drivers in games (e. g. miles sound system IIRC) instead of the windows default option.
Sometimes stuttering in cut-scenes comes from some incorrect sync between sound and video. You may want to try playing the cut-scene outside ofthe game (don't remember if the whitcher video files are accessible outside of the game) and check if they play normally then. In that case it is not the fault of your sound card.


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